PDEA destroys P1.2 billion illegal drugs
PDEA chief Wilkins Villanueva and PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar lead the destruction of P1.2 billion worth of illegal drugs at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. in Trece Martires, Cavite yesterday.
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PDEA destroys P1.2 billion illegal drugs

Ed Amoroso, Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - June 24, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed P1.2 billion worth of illegal drugs yesterday.

A total of 912,685.73 grams of dangerous drugs, including methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, toluene, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and expired medicine, were destroyed through thermal decomposition at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. in Barangay Aguado in Trece Martires, Cavite.

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva lauded various regional trial courts for the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases that led to the prompt destruction of illegal drugs which are no longer needed as evidence in court.

The destruction of the confiscated dangerous drugs is in compliance with the guidelines on the custody and disposition under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Dangerous Drugs Board regulations.

“We want to assure the public that all seized illegal drugs under the custody of PDEA will be destroyed, allaying fears of recycling,” Villanueva said.

He said PDEA would destroy another 786 kilos of illegal drugs in August, including the 117 kilos of shabu valued at P795.6 million seized in Cavite and 38 kilos worth P258.4 million recovered in Malate recently.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, who was present during the activity, said they are making the necessary interventions to fast-track the disposal of 1.6 tons of shabu worth P10 billion in the  custody of various police units nationwide.

“We have a direct line with concerned court authorities,” Eleazar said.

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